141. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an application for leave to remain will be processed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6203/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 24 January 2019, to submit representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against him. He was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days.
The applicant’s judicial review proceedings were dismissed by the High Court, meaning that the earlier decisions of the Ministerial Decisions Unit and the then Minister stand. The applicant may now proceed to respond to the options set out in his intention to deport letter which was issued to him on 08 October 2012. Any such response should be communicated within the 15 working day period referred to in the Department's letter of 24 January 2019 which expires on 14 February 2019. It is open to the person concerned to make representations to the Minister within that period. The person concerned has not yet submitted written representations. In any event, the case of the person concerned will not be further processed until the 15 working day period referred to has elapsed.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.